The intelligence, versatility, athleticism and work ethic of retired racehorses makes them ideal for a wide range of equine disciplines. We follow the transition and journey of racehorses from the track to their second career, and celebrate the people behind them including the wonderful work by industry acknowledged horse retrainers to retrain and rehome off-the-track thoroughbreds.
Eventing is one of three Olympic equestrian disciplines at which Australia has been extraordinarily successful, winning back-to-back gold medals at the Barcelona, Atlanta, and Sydney Olympics, silver medal at Beijing and bronze at Rio.
Australian Paralympian and VRC Ambassador Emma Booth has recently recruited Off The Track thoroughbred Pakaya Prince. Watch this clip to see his second competition and hear Emma’s views on his prospects.
Baribo created history at the NSW Endurance Riding Association (NSWERA) State Championships late last year when he became the first thoroughbred to be crowned the NSW State Champion.
Over a decade ago, Gina Schick spotted a gap in the market when it comes to rehoming former racehorses in New Zealand, launching an operation that today retrains hundreds of retired racehorses each year for a new direction in life.
Both superstars on the racecourse, Hartnell and Chautauqua achieved a milestone together when they debuted as show horses at the recent Show Horse Council of Victoria Horse of The Year Show at Werribee.
Makybe Diva returned to Flemington on Lexus Melbourne Cup Day last year to commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of her unprecedented third victory in the Melbourne Cup.
See how Santa Ana Lane is adjusting to his retirement at Living Legends with paddock-mate Paris Lane (Percy). Percy is now 30 and requires a nuanced approach to support him in his advanced age, while Santa is eight and just embarking on his retirement and so needs his own type of support as he lets down from his racing career.
Top off-the-track thoroughbreds in different equestrian disciplines were recognised in Equestrian Victoria’s recent annual awards, highlighting their continued popularity amongst the equestrian fraternity.
Breeder Ian Smith offers the horses he has bred a forever home at Edinburgh Park after retirement.
Lindsay Park’s retraining partners are honoured to be associated with a stable that is an industry leader in the rehoming of racehorses.
RESET, a new program launched by Racing Victoria, provides direct support for ex-racehorses who may not have not been successful in their transition to a second career.
OTI Racing and many other syndicates have excellent welfare policies in place for their horses that are at the end of their careers.
A beloved horse on the track, Hartnell is still setting hearts racing in his new career.
Horsewomen Fiona McIntyre and Melissa Molloy both enjoyed great success at the Royal Windsor Virtual Horse Show.
Trainers are committed to placing their horses in loving, happy homes post-racing. Pippa Warman at Flemington-based stable Ellerton Zahra takes us through their process.
Koko Popping Candy is a retired racehorse who has teamed up with Olympian Amanda Ross and is now in line for selection for the delayed Tokyo Olympic Games in the equestrian sport of eventing.
Fiona McIntyre has a passion for retraining and rehoming off-the-track thoroughbreds and works tirelessly to ensure former racehorses lead happy, healthy and high achieving lives.
The average lifespan of a thoroughbred is 25 years, yet most racehorses are retired before they reach the halfway mark. That means there’s plenty of time for another adventure.
When racehorses retire from the turf, there are many more options for them post-retirement. Polo is one of them, which can extend their careers a decade or more.
Loved by racing fans for his unique personality, breathtaking wins and that glorious dappled coat, the iconic grey Chautauqua is now happily finding his feet in the show arena.